The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Mosaic Chamber Players and the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble open their new seasons this Saturday night | October 5, 2017

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s another busy week at the start of the new concert season, and two more groups are giving opening concerts this Saturday night:


On this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Landmark Auditorium of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, 900 University Bay Drive, the Mosaic Chamber Players will open their new season.

The Madison-based group will perform an all-Beethoven program and complete its cycle of all the string sonatas. The program is the Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2; the Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 (performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter in the YouTube video below); and the Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2.

The performers are Laura Burns (below top) and Wes Luke (below second), violins; Kyle Price, cello (below third); and Jess Salek, piano (below bottom).

Tickets are $15 for the public; $10 for seniors; and $5 for students. Check or cash only.

Adds artistic director Jess Salek: “We have been opening our seasons with the Beethoven string sonatas for five years now, so this really exciting for us!”


The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble (below) will give a concert of varied baroque vocal and instrumental chamber music on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent Street.

Members of the WBE are Mimmi Fulmer, soprano; Nathan Giglierano, baroque violin; Brett Lipshutz, traverse flute; Eric Miller, viola da gamba; Sigrun Paust, recorder; Monica Steger, traverse flute and harpsichord; Anton TenWolde, baroque cello; and Max Yount, harpsichord.

Tickets at the door only are $20, $10 for students.

For more information, got to

A reception will be held after the concert at 2422 Kendall Ave, second floor

The program features:

Johann Philipp Kernberger – Sonata in C major for traverso and basso continuo

D’India – “Piangono al pianger mio” (I Shed Tears, As The Wild Animals Do)

Cipriano de Rore – “Ancor che col partire” (Although When I Part From You), arranged for viola da gamba by Riccardo Rognini

Francesca Caccini – “Io Veggio i Campi Verdeggiar Fecondi” (I See the Fertile Fields Turn Green); “Dov’io Credea de Mie Speranze” (Where I Thought My Hopes Were Real)

Georg Philipp Telemann (below) – Trio Sonata for alto recorder, violin and basso continuo TWV 42:d10 (heard in the YouTube video below)


Michel Pignolet de Montéclair – duet for two traversi without bass

Francesco Mancini – Sonata No. 1 in D Minor for recorder and basso continuo

Georg Friedrich Handel – “Süsse Stille” (Sweet Silence)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (below) – La Pantomime (The Pantomime), from Pièces de clavecin, 4th concert; “Les Surprises de l’Amour” (Love’s Surprises), selected movement from Act II, transcribed by Ludwig Christian Hesse


  1. Too bad there are conflicts. Too much good music.

    Comment by Phil — October 5, 2017 @ 5:32 pm


    Spooky Special Musical Treat at Grace Church
    for Families this Halloween

    MADISON – Expect haunting music to ooze from organ pipes within the neo-gothic nave of Grace Episcopal Church from 3–6pm on Wednesday, October 25, during the Downtown Madison Family Halloween event. Not a trick by Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde, but rather a musical treat from Grace Church organist Mark Brampton Smith and special guest Greg Zelek, newly appointed Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ.

    With degrees in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, Smith has won prizes in the Fort Wayne, Ann Arbor, and American Guild of Organists National Competitions. Before joining Grace Church in 2016, his professional music career took him to seven states over the years, serving on church music staff. He has performed solo recitals at prominent venues nationwide, including Overture Hall.

    Zelek joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra September 1, 2017, and is hailed as “a phenomenal virtuoso on the instrument” by MSO Music Director John DeMain. Recognized as one of the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene, he has performed with orchestras as both a soloist and professional ensemble member, including appearances with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. Zelek is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma as a student of Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School. A recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship, he also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Juilliard.

    Little goblins and their families will be lured through the famous red doors of Grace Church on the Capitol Square by chilling works of Bach, Guilmant, Mendelssohn, and others played by Smith and Zelek on a Casavant Freres Opus 3639, a 28-stop, 38-rank, three-manual, pedal organ with 1902 pipes. The exquisite instrument was shipped from Quebec and built piece by piece at Grace in 1987. The Phantom himself would be green with envy!

    Here’s a taste…..

    Comment by Peggy Frain — October 5, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

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